Boxing dinner wows the crowds

Fraserburgh FC's annual boxing dinner.
Fraserburgh FC's annual boxing dinner.

Fraserburgh FC’s annual boxing dinner was once again a success, with a packed Leisure Centre crowd cheering on boxers both local and from the Republic of Ireland.

The annual fundraising event provides an end-of-season boost to the local football team, as well as providing a night of excitement and enjoyment for supporters of the Highland League club.

‘The Battle of the Celts’, as it was billed, had taken place in the Leisure Centre on Saturday, May 17, with boxers traveling to the area to show their talents ahead of the Commonwealth games.

Mirroring the ethos of the football club, in nurturing and developing young talent, many of fights that took place on Saturday were at a youth level. In total, the programme had nine fights.

Highlights included Scotland’s Grant Bailey defeating the visiting John Murphy at youth level and Scotland’s welterweight Neil Johnston defeating ROI’s Dermot Kelly.

Ian Findlay, who organised the event, commented afterwards: “An enormous gratitude and thank you to one and all who took tables, and with their guests from far and wide supported our boxing dinner on Saturday.

“Our guests’ generosity was so overwhelming. There was a real buzz,and everyone showed real appreciation for our boxers.

“The night was a great success for the club.

“Unfortunately, we do not have a final total as to date, but, never the less, the money raised will certainly go a long way ensuring our successful youth policy continues, and, importantly, the survival of your club.”